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Tallinn City Councillor and Entertainer Wears “I Hate Gays” T-shirt on Stage

 

 

 

 


 

TALLINN, January 15, 2006  –  Tarmo Kruusimägi, a member of the Tallinn City Council’s Committee on Consumers’ Rights and Protection of Children, who’s artistic nickname is ‘Street Cleaner’ has appeared on a stage in a t-shirt with wording “I hate gays”, Delfi.ee reports.

He has had the t-shirt for couple of years, he said.

Commenting on the wording, he said there should be a balance in any sphere. If many people wear t-shirts in rainbow colours and express or advertise their tolerant attitude towards their ‘hobby’, he believes he has a right to express his position.

Answering a question whether member of a city council will have problems fuelling hatred, Kruusimägi said that on a stage he is just an actor.

He said he has other t-shirts from previous years where he states he does not like communism.

The entertainer said it would be over the top if someone complained to the court or banned him from performance because he wore such t-shirt.  “That would be quite an advertisement,” he said.

Kruusimägi went on to say that it would be amusing if “pederast-activists started pointing out what t-shirt I should wear on a stage, how many rings I should have in my ear or in my nose, or what lyrics I should have in my songs”.

At the same time he refused to call himself a homophobe – he said he does not fear homosexuals and he even have friends who know about his attitudes but do not discuss this subject with him.

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■  Homophobia is the first item on the agenda of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg which starts on Monday (January 16) at 4pm (UK time) - 5pm Central European Time or 11am Eastern Standard Time in USA.  Streaming video coverage is available on the internet on the Parliament's web site. Select your European language and then the "EP LIVE" tab towards the top of the resulting page.  Any vote on the issues debated throughout the plenary session will be taken at 11am UK (12noon CET; 6am EST USA) on Thursday January 19.

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Delfi.ee website (in Estonian language only)


 

 

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